Sunday, July 4, 2010
The Water Lily derived from the Greek term Nymphaea meaning "water nymph" or "virgin" for supernatural feminine beings associated with springs. When the flower fruits to maturity it sinks below the water level immediately after the flower closes and sinks to the mud at the bottom of the stream or pond. The flower then rises to the surface and becomes a beautiful exquisite flower as a sign of creation, rebirth, growth, and resurrection.
Dragonflies are similar in that the females lay eggs in or near water and the eggs then hatch and are also called nymphs before they crawl from the water and begin to breath air and develop into the beautiful multi-colored dragonflies we see flitting about the sky. For some Native American tribes they represent swiftness and activity, and for the Navajo they symbolize pure water. In Japan they are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness.